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How can I hide/remove "administrative tools" from Start up menu on a Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server for the users

I want to hide/remove "administrative tools" from the users but not the administrator.

Also I can't disable powershell for the users on terminal sessions trough GPO

The DC is a Windows Server 2003 and the Terminal Server is a Windows 2008 R2.
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by:sgsm81
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Open the GPO in gpedit.msc and go to:

User Config\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Management Console\ and restrict access to author mode and any MMC snap ins you don't want them to get to.

Once the policy is created, deny apply rights to the administrator
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by:Willy Van den Houten
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You can also use the Group Policy Managment Console
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You can add as part of the login script to update the registry

User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
Value Name: StartMenuAdminTools
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: Yes or No

This registry entry could also be set via GPO and only applied to users who are not in the "ServerAdmins" group for example.

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by:Gerhardpet
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Your solution worked but it is not a yes or no value and also on a Windows Server 2008 R2  the Start_AdminToolsRoot needs to have the value changed

The value on both keys needs to be changed from 2 to 0
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by:Gerhardpet
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meagain35,
Your solution worked but it is not a yes or no value and also on a Windows Server 2008 R2  the Start_AdminToolsRoot needs to have the value changed

The value on both keys needs to be changed from 2 to 0
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